Westfall supervisors' chair arrested

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WESTFALL — In a surprise move connected to Westfall's opting out of the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, Lawrence Flansburgh, chair of the Westfall board of supervisors, was arrested June 18 for intimidating victims or witnesses, among other charges.

The Pennsylvania State Police charged him for actions that allegedly occurred from September 2012 to May 2014: perjury, retaliation for past official action, criminal attempt to obstruct administration of law or other governmental functions, false swearing-official proceeding, intimidation of victims or witnesses, and a Sunshine Act violation.

The report also states that Flansburgh was apprehended by members of the state police at his residence without incident. He was transported to the Pike County Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting preliminary arraignment.

Lieutenant Christopher L. Paris, Troop R Blooming Grove Station Commander, said June 23 that Flansburgh was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. The investigation is still progressing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Blooming Grove barracks at 570-226-5718.

Flansburgh is also an Eastern Pike Regional Police Department commissioner.

The Delaware Valley school campus is mostly located in Westfall. If Eastern Pike were dismantled, it would mean longer response times to Delaware Valley because calls would be answered by state troopers in Blooming Grove. Westfall’s only support is some 20 minutes or so away, according to the estimate by Delaware School District Superintendent John Bell. Matamoras, the only other local police force, would be responsible only for Matamoras.

Earlier in the year, Bell stated, “Eastern Pike Regional Police is very valuable protection for us, and without them, we would have to hire more police here in the School District.”

Bell said the district has four police officers: two in Delaware Valley Campus, one in Shohola, and one in Dingman Delaware.

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